Comic Con Doesn't Sign Up To Petition To Keep It In San Diego

san_diego_convention_center_cci_of_sauronSan Diego shoppers are facing multiple petitions at their favourite stores in support of an initiative to keep San Diego Comic Con in San Diego.

But the petition is called "The Citizens' Plan for the Responsible Management of Major Tourism and Entertainment Resources" and proposed by attorney Cory Briggs of San Diegans for Open Government.

It would increase hotel room taxes in San Diego from 10.5 percent up to to 15.5 percent, while removing the Tourism Marketing District, which already makes an additional 2 percent charge.

It would also prohibit the expansion of the Convention Center along the waterfront and stop public funds being used for a downtown stadium.

How this would save Comic Con for San Diego is still unclear.

 

In response, Comic-Con's David Glanzer has stated "We've received emails and phone calls regarding this issue asking if it was true that signing the form would keep Comic-Con in San Diego. We had no knowledge of this effort and as you might imagine, this came as a total surprise to us."

Comic-Con International, the body that puts on San Diego Comic Con says they are not a party to the initiative and its passing will have no effect on the organization's decision to remain in San Diego. Indeed Comic-Con has pushed for a contiguous, expanded convention center to benefit the city – and the show. And this initiative would act against that possibility.

"We were born in San Diego and our hope is to remain here for a long time," continued Glanzer. "However there are always challenges to face. Hotel room rates and meeting space are just some of them. Rarely is one issue the determining factor in our plans for the future."

About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.

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